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Mastering Apple Aperture

Book Description

Apple Aperture is powerful, fully-featured photo editing software and keen photographers, whether pro or enthusiast, will benefit from this fantastic, step-by-step guide that covers the most advanced topics.

  • Learn how to use the advanced features of Apple Aperture
  • Become well-versed with advanced topics such as curves and how raw conversion works
  • Written in an easy-to-follow conversational style and packed with tips and tricks for optimizing your workflow

In Detail

Apple Aperture is one of the leading photo editing software packages available in today’s market. It provides you with all the tools to organize, browse, and perfect your images, so you can make every shot your best shot.

Mastering Apple Aperture aims to teach you the skills and knowledge necessary to become a master of the Apple Aperture software. It will build upon your existing core skills and show you new and advanced ways to get things done in Apple’s powerful photography software.

Mastering Apple Aperture starts by showing you the most simple and efficient ways to import and organize your images. It then takes you through the techniques for processing photos before moving on to cover advanced topics like working with tethered shooting, multiple libraries, curves, and metadata.

You will discover how to edit images in Aperture and will gain complete mastery over processing images. You will also explore ways of extending Aperture through the use of plugins and third-party software. This book concludes with tips and tricks for the best ways to output images from Aperture, whether for print or for screen.

Table of Contents

  1. Mastering Apple Aperture
    1. Table of Contents
    2. Mastering Apple Aperture
    3. Credits
    4. About the Author
    5. About the Reviewers
    6. www.PacktPub.com
      1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers, and more
        1. Why Subscribe?
        2. Free Access for Packt account holders
    7. Preface
      1. What this book covers
      2. What you need for this book
      3. Who this book is for
      4. Conventions
      5. Downloading the color images of this book
      6. Reader feedback
      7. Customer support
        1. Errata
        2. Piracy
        3. Questions
    8. 1. Advanced Importing and Organizing
      1. A closer look at the import dialog
      2. Managed versus Referenced
        1. Converting between referenced and managed
        2. Adding keywords while importing
        3. Importing images to an album
        4. Creating presets for your camera
        5. Real world examples
      3. Making Aperture's library work for you
        1. Projects, folders, and albums
          1. Root level versus project level
      4. Organizing your library
        1. One-shoot-at-a-time approach
        2. Casual shooting approach
        3. Creating project templates
        4. Merging and splitting projects
      5. Managing multiple libraries
        1. Switching libraries
        2. Exporting a project as a library
        3. Importing a library
      6. Library troubleshooting
      7. Managing RAW + JPEG
        1. Working with in-camera black and white images
      8. Shooting tethered
        1. Requirements for tethered shooting
        2. Starting a session
        3. A tethered shoot
      9. Summary
    9. 2. Advanced Adjustments
      1. Understanding Aperture's adjustment tree
        1. RAW versus RGB
        2. Demosaicing
        3. Linear gamma
        4. RGB adjustments
        5. Working on RAW data versus RGB data
      2. Adding default adjustments
      3. Multiple adjustments
      4. Brushes-tips and tricks
        1. Adding brushes to an adjustment
        2. Painting with brushes
        3. Editing brush masks outside of Aperture
          1. Editing the brush masks
      5. Cloning and healing
        1. Using the retouch tool
      6. Highlights and Shadows tool
        1. Using the Highlights and Shadows tool
      7. Saving, editing, and managing effect presets
        1. Saving an adjustment recipe as an effect preset
      8. Sharpening
        1. Sharpening in the RAW Fine Tuning Brick
        2. Edge sharpening
          1. Understanding how it works
          2. Be careful not to oversharpen
      9. Noise reduction
        1. Chroma versus luminance noise
        2. Noise reduction options in RAW fine tuning
        3. Getting the best noise reduction results in Aperture
      10. Summary
    10. 3. Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Curves
      1. Curves basics
        1. Referring to the tones in an image
        2. Putting the Curves in the Curves adjustment
      2. Controlling contrast and brightness with Curves
        1. Controlling brightness with Curves
        2. Contrast and the S-Curve
        3. The difference between contrast with Curves and the contrast slider
        4. Creating a high-key and low-key look
      3. Warming up and cooling down
        1. Adding warmth to an image
        2. Cooling down an image
      4. Tinting shadows and highlights with Curves
        1. Tinting shadows
        2. Tinting highlights
        3. Faded Shadows and Highlights
      5. Using the eyedropper and automatic modes
        1. Using the eyedroppers
        2. Using the automatic adjustments
      6. Extended range Curves
      7. Multiple Curves adjustments
      8. Curves adjustment versus Levels adjustment
      9. Real world examples
        1. Real world example – darkening skies
        2. Real world example – vignettes
        3. Real world example – controlling highlights
      10. Summary
    11. 4. Aperture in Action
      1. Controlling clipped highlights
        1. Step 1
          1. Real world example
        2. Step 2
        3. Step 3
          1. Real world example
          2. Finishing touches
      2. Fixing blown out skies
        1. Real world example
        2. Finishing touches
      3. Removing objects from a scene
      4. Fixing dust spots on multiple images
      5. Tips for fixing chromatic aberration
      6. Fixing purple fringing
        1. Real world example
        2. Finishing touches
      7. Creating fake duotones
      8. Fixing scanned negatives
      9. Summary
    12. 5. Extending Aperture
      1. When and why you need to go outside Aperture
      2. What Aperture does when you use a plugin
      3. Mountain Lion and Gatekeeper
      4. Where to find plugins
        1. Recommended plugins
          1. PTLens
          2. Silver Efex Pro
            1. A quick tour of Silver Efex Pro
          3. Dfine
        2. Honorable mentions
          1. Color Efex Pro
          2. Photomatix
      5. Working with external editors
        1. Setting external editors preferences
      6. Working with Photoshop
        1. A quick way to create panoramas in Photoshop
      7. Photoshop alternatives
        1. Pixelmator
          1. Key advantages
          2. Disadvantages
        2. Acorn
          1. Key advantages
          2. Disadvantages
        3. Honourable mention – Photoshop Elements
      8. Working with third-party RAW converters
        1. Catapult
          1. Using Catapult
      9. Working with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
        1. Setting up Lightroom and finder
      10. Summary
    13. 6. Exporting and Outputting to the Web
      1. Setting preview settings
      2. Using OS X media browser
      3. Exporting versions
      4. Setting export presets
        1. Filename and folder templates
      5. Blogging from Aperture – the easy way
        1. What is wrong with this method
      6. Blogging from Aperture – the proper way
      7. Export plugins
        1. TwitExport
        2. BorderFX
        3. 500-Wide
        4. iStockPhoto Uploader
        5. PhotoShelter Uploader
      8. Exporting to Facebook and Flickr
        1. Managing Facebook
        2. Managing Flickr
        3. A better option for Flickr
          1. FlickrExport
      9. Sharing with Photo Stream
      10. Creating a quick iPad Portfolio with Photo Stream
      11. Summary
    14. 7. Making Metadata Work for You
      1. Why good metadata is important
      2. Aperture's Info tab
        1. Metadata View templates
          1. Name Only
          2. Caption Only
          3. Large Caption
          4. EXIF Info
          5. IPTC Core
        2. Creating your own templates
        3. Create a preset to view all EXIF information
      3. Creating metadata templates
      4. Different ways of entering keywords
        1. Entering keywords from the Info tab
          1. Using the keyword HUD
          2. The Keyword Control Bar
          3. Lift and Stamp keywords
      5. Entering captions and titles quickly
        1. Using TextExpander to speed up data entry
          1. TextExpander
          2. Entering long strings of text for captions
          3. Keyword sets
          4. Using OS X's built-in autocomplete
      6. Batch changing metadata
      7. Adding custom metadata
        1. Some examples of when to use custom metadata
      8. Searching and smart folders
        1. The search HUD
        2. Smart albums
      9. Summary
    15. 8. Getting Better Prints from Aperture
      1. Calibrating your display
        1. Choosing a display calibrator
        2. Calibrating your screen
        3. Calibrate often
        4. The limitations of calibration
      2. Onscreen Proofing
      3. The print dialog
        1. Show all the options
          1. Print resolution
          2. Print sharpening
      4. Creating print presets
        1. Issues to be aware of when creating print presets
      5. Printing and saving to PDF
      6. Creating a digital contact sheet to e-mail to clients
        1. Printing to a JPEG file
      7. Using the book tool for elaborate print layouts
        1. Printing your page
      8. Ordering prints using Apple's print service
      9. Ordering prints from a third-party service
      10. Summary
    16. Index